iRobot Corp. has received a $12.7 million order from the U.S. Army Contracting Command in Warren, Michigan for 68 of the company’s model 310 SUGV robots and spares kits. All deliveries will be completed by August 31, 2012. This is the second order under a requirements contract that allows the Army to purchase iRobot 310 SUGV robots and spares kits through September 2015.
To date, 138 robots and spares kits have been delivered under the contract, bringing its total current value to approximately $24 million. The iRobot 310 SUGV is a man-portable robot with dexterous manipulator and wearable controller for investigating and neutralizing suspicious objects. A smaller and lighter version of the combat-proven iRobot PackBot, it enters areas that are inaccessible or too dangerous for people, providing state-of-the-art technology for infantry troops, combat engineers, mobile EOD technicians and other personnel.
“While primarily geared towards dismounted Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) operations, 310 SUGV is adaptable and expandable,” said Tim Trainer, interim general manager of iRobot’s Defense & Security business unit.
“The robot can be outfitted with a wide range of payloads and sensors, allowing warfighters and public safety professionals to stay out of harm’s way while gathering situational awareness in a variety of missions.” iRobot has delivered more than 4,500 unmanned ground vehicles to military and civil defense forces worldwide.Read More